April-December 1844

The Collected Letters, Volume 18


TC TO ALEXANDER J. SCOTT ; 13 August 1844; DOI: 10.1215/lt-18440813-TC-AJS-01; CL 18: 177


Chelsea, Tuesday [13 August 1844]—

Dear Scott,

On Friday we are engaged here, with Americans. Saturday will do, if the day prove good; failing Saturday, the first bright weekday there is. My Wife undertakes to accompany me,—barring headaches, which is a weighty deduction. We shall be there early, when we do get there.

Poor Sterling always esteemed you much. My Wife is quite sure he had no meaning in that Library affair, beyond his common impatient haste, and exclusive politeness to women.1 On Sunday morning2 last I had a Note from him; stern, melodious, mournful, like the voice of a Battle-song! I cannot get it out of my head; nor indeed would I, tho' it is very sad there.—

If the weather be bright on Saturday, then— But when will the weather bright!

Yours ever truly /

T. Carlyle